I agree with James Baldwin when he says that language is the key to identity and social acceptance. Depending on what language you speak and in what dialect you speak it, people can either accept you or not and they can see your identity.
Suppose you are a person who comes to America from a country like Saudi Arabia. When you come you speak little English so you use Arabic to talk with your family. If someone overheard you speaking in Arabic they would most likely get scared of you and people would start to avoid you. Now if someone from another country such as Spain and speak Spanish they would not be ostracized as much as the person speaking Arabic would. This is because language can be a deciding factor in whether you will be accepted socially or not. As Baldwin says, “ There have been, and are, times, and places, when to speak a certain language could be dangerous, even fatal.” For example if you were to go to a country in the Middle East and speak English you …show more content…
In line 4 Baldwin says, “ Or, one may speak the same language, but in such a way that one’s antecedents are revealed or (one hopes) hidden.” If you are from the South in the United States and have a strong Southern accent and you travel to another area of the United States such as the Midwest, they would be able to tell that you are from the South. Although there are some circumstances where a person doesn’t have an accent and you aren’t able to infer where they are from. Later on in his essay Baldwin says that “ To open your mouth in England is (if I may use black English) to ‘put your business in the street’: You have confessed your parents, your youth, your school, your salary, your self-esteem, and alas, your future.” When you speak your language, in your dialect, you let people guess where you can from and also the way you speak can let a person know how confident or shy you
This can mean different things for the reader, but Baldwin uses the example of French and how a person living in Paris cannot understand what a person from Quebec is saying,
In James Baldwin’s essay titled “If Black English Isn’t a Language, Then Tell Me What Is?” Baldwin highlights his major argument by capitalizing the words in the title so that it can stand out to the readers. His main idea is that all languages are equal, and there is an inequality in society where one is judged by the way they speak. Baldwin wanted the readers to understand that all languages do serve a purpose no matter how a person articulates it. Baldwin also wanted to convey that there is racism that is placed upon a black person just because of the way they speak.
In the essay, "Aria: Memoir of a Bilingual Childhood", Richard Rodriguez explains his opinion on bilingual education based on his own childhood experience. He provides reasons why it would be retrogressive to permit the non-English speaking children use their family language as the language in school. In defending his positions, he provides three ideas to support his position: • The use of family language impedes child’s social growth. Insistence on using Spanish language at home made Rodriguez and his older sister and brother to be socially disadvantaged at school.
Even though those people speak the same “language” those people would have trouble understanding each other. Baldwin then mores over to English specificity American English. Baldwin asks a question about
Language is used to convey a message as well as connect people to a particular culture or ethnicity he or she identifies with. People who share the same language share a bond and pass their history through language. In chapter one of The Skin That We Speak: Thoughts on Language and Culture in the Classroom Joanne Kilgour Dowdy speak about growing up in Trinidad and her mother insisting on her speaking in the colonizer's language rather than her native Trinidadian language. Joanne Kilgour Dowdy felt as if her identity was being pushed to the side when she was forced to speak “Colonized English” when she was at school or around the social elite of her community, and felt ridiculed from her peers for speaking proper as if she was white or of the elite social class. Dowdy major concern was how to have the freedom to go back and forth from home, language to the public language without feeling judged from both sides of her
Baldwin uses an advanced vocabulary throughout the essay, but only uses slang terms when referring to African Americans. By using phrases like “But if I was a "nigger" in your eyes”, he shows the audience what the words culturally imply such as stupidity and ignorance. Since this is
Although it hadn't always been clear to him before, he was now seeing the result of unequal treatment of blacks by whites. Because Baldwin knew blacks and whites should have been treated as equals, he understood where his father's anger had come from. Although it hadn't always been there, Baldwin realized that he was beginning to feel the same anger his dad had felt. Hatred, after all, wasn’t just a poison. It was something that helped him understand his father more and realize that he is now like his
James Baldwin was also known as James Arthur Baldwin and wrote famous for his novels. He was born in Harlem on August 2,1924, his mother was Emma Berdis Jones his father was David Baldwin, went to Dewitt Clinton high school, the new school James did not go to college due to looking after his family he was a preacher he died on December 1, 1987, place of death Saint Paul De Vence. The poem, untitled let us know let your light shine but at the same time don’t get carried away, if you don’t let your light shine you want be yourself ‘’not get carried away by the sound of the falling water’’ . Be yourself and don 't judge people by how they are or how they look because if you 're not yourself your life would be in darkness. You have to know yourself where you come from who you stand for, because if you 're not yourself you wouldn 't be living your life.
"I have begun this letter five times and torn it up five times. I keep seeing your face, which is also the face of your father and my brother" (1) indicates that Baldwin put time and effort into making this work as heartfelt as possible to make his message clear. The writing style he used in this message is one that shows that he is familiar with his audience, his nephew. At the same time, this language style is familiar because this letter can be used to address African-American teens other than his nephew James. Baldwin 's language in A Letter to My Nephew shows that he is pacifying his nephew for being born into the environment that he is in, but at the same time passing the blame onto the United States for creating such an environment.
One of his most powerful aphorisms reads as follows: “You were born where you were born and faced the future that you faced because you were black and for no other reason” (Baldwin 7). This aphorism makes the reader (his nephew) feel like a victim
Righteous Religion James Baldwin, a writer from Harlem, New York, is particularly studied because of how he addresses race in the United States. Though he saw himself as a “witness to the truth,” Baldwin becomes a leader in black freedom particularly in his collection of essays, The Fire Next Time (The Chicago Tribune). In the essays explored in class, “My Dungeon Shook” and “ Letter from a Region in My Mind,” religion is a reoccurring theme that played an integral part in Baldwin’s life. Although the streets would usually be seen as a more dangerous and deteriorating lifestyle than the church; chapters from The Fire Next Time demonstrate that the institution of the black church created an equally negative and lasting impression that mirrored the impact of street life. Though “My Dungeon Shook” focuses less on religion and more on identity, the first paragraph introduces religion with a negative implication attached.
Only after his move to New Jersey did Baldwin begin to understand why his father’s hatred towards the whites was so great. He came to realize why his father was consumed with anger and rage, why he pushed his beliefs on his children so much that they began to hate him. He was only preparing them for the real world. That move made Baldwin begin to understand his father, made him become like his father. During his stay in New Jersey, he practically became his father and what he realized was that his father had so much anger and hatred inside of him that it consumed him and ended his life; he realized that that was not how he wanted his life to end.
Hate: The Life and Works of James Baldwin “I imagine that one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, that they will be forced to deal with pain” (Baldwin, 2012/1955, p. 745). James Baldwin is one of the most thought inducing writers of his time. Marked by his experiences in the realms of racial, sexual, and religious struggles Baldwin’s life and works have opened the eyes of the American people, as well as many others, to these sensitive subjects that we have struggled with. James Arthur Baldwin was born James Arthur Jones in 1924, in Harlem, to Emma Berdis Jones.
Rhetorical Reading Response Baldwin In James Baldwin's personal essay, "If Black English Isn't a Language, Then Tell me, What Is?" (1979), the author defines the development of language as primarily a political act through which a group of people establish a distinct identity. Baldwin shows this by giving examples of how language allows a group to define and express who they are from their own point of view, instead of having their reality expressed or misrepresented by another group. Baldwin's purpose for this essay is to defend, in an eloquent and convincing way, the idea that black English is a true language, in order to show that it meets the criteria of what defines a language as a method of expressing reality.
The United States is a place of freedom. We are a mixing pot that unifies as one. Many religions, cultures, and languages make their home in the Unites States. Many foreigners see the U.S. as an opportunity to seek better lives and education, but when it comes to foreigners and native-born non-English speakers that do not yet know English, it becomes a little more difficult to go about an average day let alone make a better future. Children in school often become English Language Learners, or ELL, to assimilate to the American standards.